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Collingwood, North Melbourne and St Kilda have successfully completed a mega trade deal that will see the Magpies lose both inaugural captain Steph Chiocci and star Jaimee Lambert.
The trade, which was completed early on Friday, is one of the biggest in AFLW history.
Lambert, a two-time AFLW best and fairest top 10 star, an AFLW All Australian in 2020 and three-time club best and fairest winner will head to the Saints alongside Chiocci.
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The duo join star Chloe Molloy in departing the Magpies ahead of AFLW season eight, after she opted to join Sydney in the AFLW Priority Signing Period.
In a social media post, Chiocci paid tribute to her seven seasons at Collingwood where she became the longest serving AFLW captain alongside Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall, describing her time at the club as “nothing short of a privilege”.
“I will be forever thankful to the Collingwood FC for making my dream of playing AFLW a reality,” she posted.
“To all my teammates; I can’t thank you enough for supporting me as a leader but most importantly as a person. You know how much I love this group and I’ll cherish the memories we have created.
“Whilst the decision wasn’t easy and comes with many emotions, I am looking forward to the next chapter and appreciate the support going forward.”
Former Saint Kate Shierlaw will head to North Melbourne as part of the deal, uniting her with long-term partner Emma Kearney, while Tarni White (St Kilda) and Grace Campbell (Kangaroos) sign with Collingwood.
“Kate is a fantastic person who we know will drive high standards. We can’t wait to welcome her into the club,” the Roos said in a statement.
Magpies AFLW boss Jess Burger said paid tribute to both Chiocci and Lambert but said a focus on youth was the club’s priority.
“As the pair enter the latter years of their careers, this is an opportunity for our club to secure some exciting young talent who will make both positive on-field and off-field contributions to our program,” she said.
“These changes also allow us to best prepare for both the now and mid-term strategy for our program as we work towards greater on-field success.”
Campbell will head to her third AFLW club, after stints at North Melbourne and Richmond, as she continues her return to the game from an ACL injury suffered in the 2022 pre-season.
Gained: Tarni White (St Kilda), Grace Campbell (North Melbourne), North Melbourne’s first round pick 15
Lost: Steph Chiocci, Jaimee Lambert (both St Kilda), second round pick 31
Gained: Kate Shierlaw (St Kilda)
Lost: Grace Campbell (Collingwood), first round pick 15
Gained: Steph Chiocci, Jaimee Lambert (both Collingwood), second round pick 31
Lost: Tarni White (Collingwood), Kate Shierlaw (North Melbourne)
FRANKLIN WANTS OUT AT FREO
The Dockers have confirmed rising forward Amy Franklin has requested a trade away from the club.
There’s reports Franklin wants to head to cross-town rivals West Coast for the upcoming season after 12 games in two seasons in purple.
Fremantle said they were disappointed to lose Franklin after the club “invested” in the 20-year-old.
“It’s a shame that Amy has decided to not pursue the second year of her contract with the club,” Fremantle’s head of AFLW Bob Murphy said.
“We feel the Freo family invested a lot of time and resources into ‘Franky’, so our objective now is to ensure the club gets the best outcome for that investment.”
Franklin had arrived at the club as pick 14 in the 2021 AFLW Draft.
West Coast will need to come up with a trade deal to secure Franklin – who is a childhood Eagles fan.